Hospitals in the Dallas area seem to be doing a better job at keeping nursing jobs filled than the rest of Texas, with a total hospital staffing vacancy rate much lower than the statewide rate of 11 percent. However, the rate for RNs was a little higher, and the nursing shortage is still a major concern. A recent law will address this issue by providing $30 million in funding to increase enrollment at nursing schools so qualified applicants stop getting turned down. This will be a great aid to hospitals where nurses are being overworked because of a lack of staff. Major hospitals in Dallas include Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Medical City Hospital.
Cardiac catheterization lab nurses (or cath lab nurses) are highly specialized cardiac care nurses that perform pre- and post-procedural care for patients that undergo specific cardiovascular procedures, including (but not limited to) cardiac catheterization, pacemakers, angioplasties and valvuloplasties. Because these cardiac care procedures are so cutting edge, cath lab nurses must consistently keep up on the latest technological advancements, through such resources as the Cath Lab Digest. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses, at 22%. Because of their specialization and talent, cath lab nurses should expect a higher-than-average salary, compared to other registered nurses.